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Mazda6 Owners Meet the Members

maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
edited September 2014 in Mazda
My name is Malt and I'm a recovering alcoholic. Ok, not really recovering, but I drive a silver Mazda6i with nothing but floor mats. :-)


  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,094
    Couldn't wait for me to do my "howdy all" post, hunh?

    Oh well..howdy all! If you would like any discussions included, please let me know. I'm still building the basic stuff here, but will attend to it asap.

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  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    All the easier to replace or clean up when you throw up on them, right?

    Anyway - where are all the rest of the owners? I've been trying to convince some people from the Yahoo group (mazda6) to chime in here as well - I think one came in a few days ago and reported on his purchase. Everyone seems to be too busy driving their new Mazda 6's!
  • rodlcwrodlcw Posts: 45
    Redfire Metallic. Auto, Sports, Comfort, Bose
    Side Airbags and Curtains, wheel Locks. I have had it 10 days, 460 miles. Yes, I could have done without all the extras, but my lease on previous car was up and I had extended to see what the 6 would be, so if I was going to buy a 6, I would be just be making payments for nothing on that lease, and this was for me the best choice of the 4 cars they had. Car handles well, has enough power for me and the manumatic can be useful, if I do not over use. The heated seats aren't quite what i would like to have. They seem to heat up quickly, but then after 2-3 minutes shut off. I would like it to stay on longer. Trunk space is very good. and the ability to release the fold down seats from trunk is a great idea. Illuminated ignition is nice, my Millenia did not have that, and previous
    MX-6's did, so I missed that. I will have to get use to the fancy gauges because I have to hit the dimmer cancel for daytime to see it, and then hit it again at night so they aren't so bright.
  • Happy new year!

    We just bought our new 6 on New Year's eve. And I'm happy to say it feels great! What a way to bring in the new year. It's a Onyx Black, with beige interior (was cloth, but it's being replaced with beige leather, as I write). I think this car is a great buy!

    The only problem I'm having so far is a strange (almost burning like smell) that comes the inside of the car's compartment. Has anyone else had this problem? Our salesman said it some kind of coating that sprayed on the engine, or under the motor, and that it will go away after I break it in (it only has about 100 miles).

    Only time will tell how reliable this vehicle is but I'm hoping for the best. Give me some feedback on how you feel about your purchase, problems, or concern with your vehicle. In the meantime, let's enjoy our zoom, zoom, feeling.
  • Steel Gray 6s, MT, leather, moonroof, 6-CD changer; decided against the Sport package. I've had it about 3 weeks now, 875 miles. My previous car was a Honda Prelude, so it's taken me some time to get used to driving the larger vehicle. The only QC problem I've noted was that the passenger-side seat heat didn't work, but the dealer's fixed that already.

    So far the car has been great. It's much quieter and smoother than my Prelude, and actually seems to handle better. Everyone that's seen the car thinks it's really beautiful. I'm just hoping that it'll be as reliable as my Honda.

    I do have some mild concerns about quality and resale value. I know in the past some of the Mazdas have had really poor resale. I tend to keep my cars a long time, though, so it's not as big an issue over the long haul. I live in Houston, a city with six Mazda dealers, and I've yet to see my first 6 (besides mine) on the road here. I hope it'll be a successful car for Mazda.

    Go2nate, I don't know what the burning smell would be -- I certainly haven't noticed it on mine. I would definitely take it back to the dealer if it continues.

    Has anyone noticed how bright the "cruise" lights are at night? And the dimmer doesn't work on them. They're easily the brightest light on the dash at night -- I find it somewhat annoying. I can't believe Mazda wouldn't have made them dim with the dashlights. Oh, well, minor complaints.

    I, too, would like to hear from other owners about how they're enjoying their new 6's. Hopefully we'll get a good following here on the owner's board.
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    It's cosmolene. I noticed it on the cars I drove too. It will go away.
  • silver 6i, moonroof, alloy wheels, AT. 1500 miles. Lovin' it.
  • steel-grey 6s, AT, sport, comfort, moon roof, bose, side air, wheel locks......took delivery on 12/16, and still haven't sseen another 6 on the road. About 700 miles so far. No real complaints, agree the seats heat up fast, and then tend to shut down. Looking forward to other owwner comments.
  • I got mine on 1/2/03.
    Black 6s 5 Speed Manual Trans.
    Bose & Sport Pkg.
    Cassette deck & Sports grille
    approx. 400 miles

    Heritage Mazda
  • bme_cvbme_cv Posts: 8
    I got my 6i on the day before Thanksgiving. It is a bueatiful lapis blue one. I had an Acura Integra and found the handling of 6 is even better. 6 is much more comfortable and quiet than Integra. I think the reliability of 6 will not be bad as 626. Now I only hope the resale value of 6 will be as good as Integra.

    I already put 1200mi on my car. Even before break-in, driving 6 is fun, however after break-in, what an experience! I have to always keep an eye on the speed since it is very easy to get over the speed limit.

    I already saw three 6 (besides mine) on road, two blues, one grey.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    gray? is that what my silver beauty looks like? :(
    Hehehe. So where did you see me?
  • My name is Steve, I live in Silver Spring, MD (Washington DC), and this is legally my first car, new or used, ever.

    This thing is sweet once the engine is broken in- it really makes a large difference. In the next week, I should have 4 new speakers and the OEM 17" alloys. I LOVE THIS CAR!!!
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    base models rock! their value is subsidized by those with the options.
  • I live in Houston also, and like you, I haven't seen a Mazda6 beside or anywhere else around me while I'm driving. Even when I'm not in it I haven't seen one and I've been looking for the past 8 days.

    I just got my car back and it now has leather interior, a spoiler (the lip type), and homelink.

    I LOVE IT!
  • bme_cvbme_cv Posts: 8
    If I remember correctly, I saw a steel gray one at El Toro road, Laguna Hills. Is it you? After I saw a blue one looking exactly as mine at Mission Viejo Mall, I only wish that Mazda6 will not be a so popular car like Camry/Accord.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    mine is Glacier Silver, so nope, but you might spot me near there or Alicia Pkwy and the 5.
  • morse3morse3 Posts: 5
    Boy, those 17" wheels sure look fine on my ride...
  • I got the 1st 6s from my dealership (12/16)....and now I see 6s's on their lot with a V6 emblem on the driver door. It is the only way to differciate the i from the s. I have asked my salesman to get it for my car.
  • morse3morse3 Posts: 5
    Well, I am glad to know there are other Houston owners of the 6. I was beginning to think I was the only one since I haven't seen any 6's on the road.
  • Bought Japanese made model in Honduras last October.

    Good: Full rear seat headrests, folding side mirrors

    Bad: No aux. power port.
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    Did anyone get the Bose system?
  • and I am happy with the sound. of course, I am not an audiophile by any stretch so it's fine for me. I jus love to drive this car.......
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    Did you compare the Bose with the standard system before you bought? Do you think the standard systsem could be improved with better speakers, and how would that compare with the Bose system then, as far as sound quality (not volume)?
  • rodlcwrodlcw Posts: 45
    Like coasterbob, I am not an audiophile. Did not really compare the standard system.
  • redkey1redkey1 Posts: 270
    Does the 6 w/o the sport package has dual exhaust pipes?
  • which included the bose, so I , also, did not compare. I jus wanted the steel-grey 6s, and took what it had! no regrets though
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    They all have dual exhausts.
  • ruefusruefus Posts: 254
    I ordered my 6s just before the first of the year. It hasn't been built yet and I'm hoping ot get a tour of the factory since I live close to it.

    It's essentially an every-option Sport Package car, including Bose, all-weather mats, homelink and cargo tray/organizer. The color will Sport Yellow.

    It's scheduled to be built the week of 2/3.

    Currently I'm driving a beat up '85 F250 since I sold my Stratus, so even though I've foregone doing a locator, the sooner the car shows up the better!!!
  • Well I ordered mine on December (like the first week) and it is bound to be here this week or the next... I can't wait!
    One curious thing about my purchase is that I did not test-drive it... as a matter of fact by the time I ordered the car I had not seen it in the real life, only on Internet photos and videos... but by the high compliments and awards I feel that I went the right way...

    Configuration... well down here is a little different than in the States... it has 2.0 motor, M/T, ABS/TCS, 16" alloy wheels, standard sound, auto climate control, and finish is performance white.

    Best Regards!
    Carlos Ch
  • Well, it looks like you'll get the same Japanese made model for Latin America that I got. We're stuck with the little 2.0 engine, but on our roads that's plenty. I can confirm after 3 mos. with my 6, the beauty of this car is handling, handling, handling. I've had absolutely no problems with the car, aside from a few 'kisses' on the bumpers which were my fault, but they're hardly noticeable. I had a local paint store make me a little jar of touch up paint.

    I have a unique color that I haven't seen mentioned on Edmunds. The salesman called it champagne, but the invoice says "plata viva" which I think is like metallic silver. In dim light it looks silver, but in sunlight it looks champagne. Certainly not like the metal grey they are selling in the States. It's really a beautiful color.

    I got the first AT off the boat from the dealer in October. He also had 2 MT's. Mine's the 'lujo' model with leather, sunroof, spoiler, electric windows and driver seat. Standard body, not sport with skirts, etc. My deal includes the factory CD player, which the dealer and I are still waiting for from Japan. He also installed an aftermarket alarm system with a remote control which locks/unlocks the doors. Also included VIN numbers etched on the windows and floor mats.

    In conclusion, I'm still thrilled with the car and will be even happier when the CD arrives.
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